Family Politics: Domestic Life, Devastation And Survival, 1900-1950

Paperback | May 10, 2016

byPaul Ginsborg

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In this masterly twentieth-century history, Paul Ginsborg places the family at center stage, a novel perspective from which to examine key moments of revolution and dictatorship. His groundbreaking book spans 1900 to 1950 and encompasses five nation states in the throes of dramatic transition: Russia in revolutionary passage from Empire to Soviet Union; Turkey in transition from Ottoman Empire to modern Republic; Italy, from liberalism to fascism; Spain during the Second Republic and Civil War; and Germany from the failure of the Weimar Republic to the National Socialist state.
 
Ginsborg explores the effects of political upheaval and radical social policies on family life and, in turn, the impact of families on revolutionary change itself. Families, he shows, do not simply experience the effects of political power, but are themselves actors in the historical process. The author brings human and personal elements to the fore with biographical details and individual family histories, along with a fascinating selection of family photographs and portraits.
 
From WWI—an indelible backdrop and imprinting force on the first half of the twentieth century—to post-war dictatorial power and family engineering initiatives, to the conclusion of WWII, this book shines new light on the profound relations among revolution, dictatorship, and family.

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In this masterly twentieth-century history, Paul Ginsborg places the family at center stage, a novel perspective from which to examine key moments of revolution and dictatorship. His groundbreaking book spans 1900 to 1950 and encompasses five nation states in the throes of dramatic transition: Russia in revolutionary passage from Empir...

Paul Ginsborg is professor of contemporary European history, University of Florence. The author of numerous books on European history, he lives in Florence, Italy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9 × 5.69 × 0.68 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300219474

ISBN - 13:9780300219470

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‘An extraordinarily rich historical fresco, groundbreaking in many ways’—Chiara Saraceno, L’Indice dei libri del mese